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What determines the size of a virus?

TitleWhat determines the size of a virus?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsGelbart, W
Abstract

Page 1. 1 WHAT DETERMINES THE SIZE OF A VIRUS? (joint research with Chuck Knobler) (http://virus.chem.ucla.edu) THREE KINDS OF VIRUSES dsDNA bacterial viruses dsDNA is strongly confined; packaged by force ssRNA viruses (plant and animal) ssRNA is weakly confined; packaged spontaneously enveloped viruses (animal) closed bilayer membrane provides extra protection (and means of cell entry and exit) Page 2. 2 ALL VIRUSES ARE “ABOUT” 50 nm IN DIAMETER…. This is why viruses (unlike bacteria and other infectious microbes): ...

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